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10-05-2012, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by SJeasy View Post
ESPN was underbidding on the NHL. I am also sure that ESPN/ABC placed a bid against the last NBC/VS contract in the last round of negotiations. Bettman has set up an environment sans lockout that is conducive to getting that big national TV $. It is an issue of time frame. The NHL was dramatically behind the eightball regards TV when he came on board almost two decades ago. They are catching up. He is using capitalism at its finest to create a competitive bidding environment for TV money.

FTR, ESPN has been notoriously cheap when they are not competing for services. It shows in their non-prime programming. It also tends to show in their broadcast talent.
Agreed. But they are dealing from a position of strength and it makes sense to do so.

I do find it funny that they just let Erin Andrews walk and not care, lol. She's terrible anyway. They were competitive with Beadle but hard to compete with getting on a show on network TV.

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